Valentines’ Day doesn’t matter

Okay, so this is the part where I play the cynical, unromantic single dude who hates Valentine's Day because it excludes me. Whatever. Most people who really like Valentine's Day are either distastefully eager to use it as some kind of perverse test of faith, or are desperate for the corporate-sponsored, straight-to-video mockery of human … Continue reading Valentines’ Day doesn’t matter

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American media salivates as the Cold War resurfaces in Ukraine

“Vitality, intelligence, brute force,” proclaims Lana, the beautiful blonde with the sexy Russian accent, as the camera zooms out to reveal the hulking, muscle-bound giant by her side. “He is the super-athlete, Alexander Rusev.” Rusev, the “Bulgarian Brute,” utters a string of ominous-sounding words in a foreign tongue. A graphic appears with his name spelled … Continue reading American media salivates as the Cold War resurfaces in Ukraine

Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy of violence and brutality, not courage

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Jan. 11 at the age of 85, after eight years in a coma. He worked in the Israeli government for a quarter of a century, serving five years as prime minister, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. … Continue reading Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy of violence and brutality, not courage

Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

“People before profit” was a common slogan a couple years ago, when the Occupy Movement was in full swing. You saw it on signs and heard it in the chants of marchers. The idea that corporations and governments should prioritize the lives, health and happiness of human beings above the accumulation of wealth seems obvious … Continue reading Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

I heard a great riddle over the Thanksgiving break. What’s worse than a holiday that celebrates the 1636 colonial massacre of an estimated 600-700 men, women and children of the Pequot Indian tribe (which, of course, no longer exists) while simultaneously claiming to celebrate a day of peace and gratitude? That’s right — the day … Continue reading The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care

The United Nations Climate Change Conference began this week in Warsaw, and it’s hard to say what’s more ironic: the devastating events preceding it or the wallowing inaction that is likely to follow. In a sort of perverse opening ceremony, a leaked scientific document on the potential impact of global warming, followed by one of … Continue reading Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care